Carson Wentz, Eagles

Carson Wentz Traded To Indianapolis Colts

Carson Wentz has been traded away from the Philadelphia Eagles after a dismal 2020 season, according to reports.

The quarterback will join the Indianapolis Colts in a culmination of three poor years following Philly’s 2018 Super Bowl win.

Philadelphia, which has over the last three decades been one of the NFL’s most stable teams now looks anything but.

The Eagles signed Carson Wentz to a four-year, $128m contract extension in July 2019, committing the franchise’s future to him. They take a hit of $33.8 million in trading him, the largest salary cap hit in NFL history. In return, the Colts sent a 2021 third round pick and a conditional 2022 second round pick.

 

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Carson Wentz had a nightmare 2020 season that saw Doug Pederson publicly support him before benching him for Jalen Hurts.

In 12 games he led the league in interceptions (15) and sacks (50), and was 33rd in yards per attempt (6.0). As well as that, Wentz was 34th in passer rating (72.8) and completion percentage (57.4%). As a result, he was benched in December and began leaking stories that he wanted to leave the Eagles.

In his defence, Philadelphia didn’t exactly surround him with an elite offense. Poor recruitment by GM Howie Roseman caused the team to field 13 different offensive combinations in their first 14 games. The Eagles roster is old, injury prone and expensive. 

 

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In Indianapolis, Wentz will reunite with OC Frank Reich, under whom he enjoyed his best spell in 2016 – 2017. Additionally, the Colts offense is a marked improvement with wideout Michael Pittman and running back Jonathan Taylor. 

There’s upside for both the Colts and Wentz with this trade. However, the 28 year old still has a long way to go to rediscover his best form. 

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